|First appearance||Uncanny X-Men #137 (Sep 1980)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont and John Byrne|
|Alter ego||B'nee and C'cil|
|Team affiliations||Imperial Guard|
Fictional character biography
Warstar is a warrior serving in the Royal Elite of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. Warstar is actually two symbiotically linked sentient mechanoids, a small one named B'nee who can generate electricity and a large one named C’cil who is gigantic and immensely strong and durable. B'nee rides on C'cil's back.
Warstar joined in the Imperial Guard's trial by combat with the X-Men to decide the fate of the Phoenix. Warstar was then a traitor who served Lord Samedar, Deathbird, and the Brood in their conspiracy to overthrow Shi'ar Princess-Majestrix Lilandra, and battled the X-Men. On Deathbird's behalf, Warstar battled Ch'od of the Starjammers. Warstar was later back with the Imperial Guard, which was now serving Deathbird; he was defeated along with the other Imperial Guardsmen by the X-Men and Starjammers.
During Operation Galactic Storm, Warstar fought Captain America in Arizona in an attempt to abduct Rick Jones. Warstar battled Captain America, Iron Man, and Wonder Man during the Kree-Shi'ar War. Warstar was defeated by Gilgamesh and She-Hulk. Alongside the Imperial Guard, Warstar then confronted Quasar.
Warstar and fellow Guardsmen Hussar, Neutron, and Webwing were discharged (for complicity in Deathbird's coup, after Lilandra was restored to the throne) and sent to Earth, which had been turned into an intergalactic prison planet in the Maximum Security crossover. The quartet joined with a rogue D'Bari in an attack on several X-Men, but were ultimately defeated. When the Maximum Security storyline resolved, all alien prisoners were removed from Earth, and Warstar and certain others exiled to Earth have since been seen among the Imperial Guard again.
Warstar was ripped in half when the Guard fought for their new emperor Vulcan against the X-Men and Starjammers, but Warstar survived and were carried away by their fellow Guardsmen.
During the war between Vulcan's regime and the Inhuman-ruled Kree Empire, Warstar was seen menacing Nova Corps Centurions on the Kree planet Kaiphas, but was stopped by Nova Prime Richard Rider. Both B'nee and C'cil were apparently decapitated by the Nova Prime, with B'nee's head completely missing and C'cil's reduced to a smoking mass.
Beany and Cecil
They are named for the puppets Beany and Cecil. In West Coast Avengers #80 (part two of Operation: Galactic Storm), Iron Man sarcastically asks if they come from a moon called "Leakin' Luna", referring to the Leakin' Lena in the Beany and Cecil series.
Powers and abilities
Warstar is actually a mechanoid symbiote of two separate beings, B'nee and C'cil. B'nee rides in a cavity on C'cil's back. B'nee and C'cil appear to communicate through a means that may be telepathic. B'nee and C'cil are empathically linked so that when B'nee feels pain, so does C'cil. Due to his low intellect, C'cil relies on B'nee to guide him in combat. B'nee can electrically shock an opponent with his touch, and C'cil possesses superhuman strength and durability.
Warstar is trained in armed and unarmed combat by the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, and uses a small Imperial Guard anti-gravity device which allows flight.
In other media
- In the X-Men TV series, Warstar appears in The Phoenix Saga and The Dark Phoenix Saga alongside the rest of the Imperial Guard.
- Warstar appears in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. He appears on the Shi'ar warship and fights the heroes alongside Starbolt. A simulation disk has Wolverine trying to prevent Warstar from blowing up the S.H.I.E.L.D. Omega base. He doesn't speak when he fights alongside Starbolt, but speaks during Wolverine's simulation disk (where he is voiced by John Cygan).
Several of the members of the Imperial Guard are at least partly based on members of the DC Comics team Legion of Super-Heroes. (Dave Cockrum, co-creator of the Guard, also had a long run as artist on the Legion.) While Warstar does not seem to have a true analogue in the LSH, he may be inspired by LSH member Duo Damsel, who could split herself in two.
- Uncanny X-Men #137
- Uncanny X-Men #157
- X-Men Spotlight On: Starjammers #2
- Uncanny X-Men #275
- Captain America #398
- Avengers West Coast #80
- Avengers West Coast #81
- Quasar #33
- Uncanny X-Men #387, December 2000
- Maximum Security #3, January 2001
- Nova vol. 4, #26 (June 2009)
- West Coast Avengers #80